21 CommentsFuture Diary / By Scamp /

Future Diary episode 22

I should, once the series ends, collect all the images I’ve taken of Yuki with a shocked and petrified expression and spam them on the final review. So much for ‘manning up’ in these past few episodes. He’s more decisive certainly, but no less of a complete and utter wimp than he ever was. So what’s your favourite version ‘Yuki looking petrified’? The one where he ran down a hill away from Yuno during the dog chase? Or the one where Ghost Yuno stood behind him? He is a man of many facial expressions. Just so happens most of the emotions he experiences over the course of Future Diary are variations on Fear.

I wasn’t particularly keen on the whole piece of philosophical debate between Akise and Deus. I’m not asking for Ghost in the Shell levels of knowledge or anything, but the few occasions Future Diary delved into this territory have generally been pretty well handled. I guess the problem with this scene was there was no over-arching philosophy to how they were approaching Akise’s pre-determined fate. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but the whole argument was that everything Akise did was created by Deus. Even his love for Yuki was manufactured by Deus. Therefore every single one of his activities in life were done because Deus willed it to be so. However Akise got over this by creating a separate entity, that being his Future Diary phone, that overrode anything Dues made him do. But if everything Akise does is decided by Deus, then that means Deus created the scenario in which Akise created that phone to stop Deus from controlling him.

I don’t know, that whole sequence was rather bizarre and ultimately didn’t mean much in the overall scheme of things. All I do know is that I’m rather sad to see Deus leave us. I liked that guy. It’s one of Future Diary’s greatest pieces of characterisation that they made the God of Time and Space and Misshapen Turnips and All Things In Between a flawed and relatable character, incapable of keeping up with the youths of today, yet still coming up with his own schemes to outwit them.

One part I did like about the episode was the lack of theatrics over Yuki slaying the entire scooby gang. That’s generally been a point in Future Diary’s favour. It never kills them off for dramatic effect or shock value. It’s never “oh, so you like this character then? Well ha, how do you like this, they’re dead now!”. They get picked off when the time is right for them to leave in the story. It doesn’t resurrect characters for the sake of it. It doesn’t kill characters off arbitrarily. It recognises that, in this point in the story, the only ones we still need are Yuki and Yuno.

Thing is, Future Dairy has probably been a bit too efficient in that regard. I said that the show needed only Yuki and Yuno alive at this point in the story (well, and Murmur too, whatever she’s up to), but I honestly have no idea what the story is planning to do at this point. There’s apparently 4 episodes left. There’s nobody left! This is where all my blogging skills dry up because I have never covered a series this crazy.

Future Diary is fucking insane. It’s always been batshit crazy, but these latest episodes have taken it to a height that even Code Geass would struggle to see without binoculars, and the likes of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Akira are staring just below them in fear at the sight of Yuno with a crazed grin is charging up behind them, determined to reach the top of the pure fucked up insanity mountain. What the fuck is Yuno anyway? Is there a second Yuno that she kept tied up in her basement? Is the schizophrenic and it turns out there are two Yuno’s within her body, both of them completely obsessed with Yuki? Also if Yuki can’t revive the dead, then what is he going to be able to do with this world that has basically just been hit by the apocalypse? And what the hell does Murmur have planned, and what did Deus do all this for that he had to work against Murmur?

All those manga readers out there are probably laughing their heads off, having gone through this same thing back when it occurred in non-movable format. There’s 4 episodes left though! What…I mean, how…but then…fuck me, I love this show.

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  1. Posted March 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink


    Yes we are laughing our heads off.

    It gets even crazier.

  2. Posted March 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Future Diary is the most crazy ride I’ve been on and I love every moment. Glad you do it too

  3. A Person
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    “What the fuck is Yuno any­way? Is there a second Yuno that she kept tied up in her base­ment? Is the schizo­phrenic and it turns out there are two Yuno’s within her body, both of them com­pletely obsessed with Yuki?”

    Awww Scamp, there aren’t NEARLY crazy enough to be the truth. If Future Dairy is a roller coaster then we are just about to head into the final loop, the LOOPIEST of loops. Look forward to it.

  4. Marcomax
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    You know what, as a manga reader I’m sick of tip toeing around the ending. So I’m just going to spill everything. You see Yuno is . . .

    Yuno: Marco, whatcha doing :)

    Wait how did you get here? Your not even real. Whats with the knife? no. NOOOOOOOOO

    • alexvoda
      Posted March 22, 2012 at 7:40 am | Permalink

      I see what you did there

  5. Posted March 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    By far the most insane fun I’ve ever had watching anime.

    I wonder if any studio is going to adapt Esuno’s new series Big Order? I’ve read the first chapter and it seems to run on the same wall to wall insanity Mirai Nikki does.

    • Guest
      Posted March 21, 2012 at 2:52 am | Permalink

      It’s definitely at least as crazy but only 5 chapters are out. It’ll be awhile.

      There’s a live action Mirai Nikki j-drama starting up later this year that’s supposedly going to have a different story. Could be good, could be bad.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think Future Diary sold particularly well, so I’m not sure on the potential profitability of more of his (her?) works being adapted

  6. Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Manga reader here…

    Man, you’re not thinking big enough in terms of what Yuno is but, then again, none of us manga readers did either! You’re in for one fucked-up ride, good sir!

    Also, “fucked up insantiy mountain”, gonna have to use that one sometime!

  7. 3242
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    or maybe,
    she got an eye transplant (I don’t know if that’s possible, but this is Future Diary.) with the real Yuno,
    and Yuno we know always has kept two diaries just to make sure that if she lost one she wouldn’t loose her record on all that Yuki has done, and since she has two of the same future, one phone can die and she would still live, unless it was her last phone. Who knows? One of the owners diaries was a coloring book, for goodness sake!

    ..I should really stop acting like I didn’t read the whole manga after watching episode 3 before these theories of mine get out of hand.

  8. Matthew
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    I didn’t really view the philosophical debate as a “debate”. It’s obvious that Deus really wanted to give Akise a chance. He practically begged the kid to come up with an excuse. For some reason, he had to find some self-justification to do so.

    At least now it’s clear why a turnip like Yukki was able to attract the attention of a superman like Akise. Akise was created to love him. In retrospect, the only explanation that makes sense.

  9. Someone Else
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Wow this series is sure to be really crazy, the author is throwing crazy ideas here and there. It feels like Mirai Nikki will explode at anytime! This series is sooo lovable. The way this show ignores the flaws and move on just for the sake of plot is so funny and interesting

    Just don’t put wimpy yuki’s faces please -_-

  10. Guest
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    Yeah, you’re still going *UP* the rollercoaster, mate…and it’s a long, long, looooooong way down.

  11. The Big Guy
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    So, who do you think will win, Yuki or Yuno?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      I think Yuki will win, although it’s probably more likely that there will be no winner

  12. Duelit
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    If they pull the ending of the anime just like in the manga, we’re looking at a whole new dose of crazy anime FTW :D

  13. Posted March 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Mwahahaa~! We’re still only scratching the surface of how utterly demented this series’ finale is – prepare to be amazed by how high “fucked up insantiy moun­tain” actually is!

  14. alexvoda
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Damn. They skipped the part where Deus answers Akise.
    I never imagined this choice of the anime creators.
    I wonder if the reason for this choice is because it doesn’t really mean anything. Or is it just insufficient time to animate what is left of the manga.
    Anyway, in doing so they might have made the rest of the anime harder to predict.
    Also, agreed, it gets much crazier and I would also say a tad bit inconsistent, but then again this show never was very consistent to begin with(Yuki suddenly being able to act comes to mind).

  15. Erif
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    You know, that picture of Yuno really makes we want to catch up with Mirai Nikki. Unfortunately my enjoyment is rather limited. I could never really get into Future Diary (as hard as I’ve tried), it just doesn’t sit right with me. But maybe I’ll give it one more go.

  16. Okamu
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Well I think Deus never wanted to give Akise a chance to think for himself, but he failed to maintain his power over Akise cause he was dying and becoming weak. This point is further supported when Deus says, “So this is the difference between one who is being destroyed and one who is living in the moment” towards the end of their discussion.

  17. Yukkiteru
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Yes please, i need to collect Yukkiteru pics and i’m too lazy to save them from past posts.

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